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    Tapewounds and piezo

    Hi. I just purchased a 5 string fretless stingray with piezo bridge and would like to know if tapewound strings will work ok with the piezo. I have searched but can not seem to find a definitive answer. Thanks in advance.
    '95 Fretless SR4 Black
    '07 Bongo 5HS Sapphire Black
    '01 Fretless SR5 Hp Vintage Sunburst

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    I general, plastic wound strings function very
    poorly on Fishman saddles or any similar type.

    You may hear of players successfully playing
    them on piezo basses, but there are two very
    different types. The under saddle "accoustic
    type" with ribbon PU works great.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
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    I general, plastic wound strings function very
    poorly on Fishman saddles or any similar type.

    You may hear of players successfully playing
    them on piezo basses, but there are two very
    different types. The under saddle "accoustic
    type" with ribbon PU works great.
    Thank you Golem. What strings are you liking for your various Fretless basses? I currently have La Bella tapewounds on my SR4FL.
    '95 Fretless SR4 Black
    '07 Bongo 5HS Sapphire Black
    '01 Fretless SR5 Hp Vintage Sunburst

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    Quote Originally Posted by gafman View Post
    Thank you Golem. What strings are you liking for
    your various Fretless basses? I currently have
    La Bella tapewounds on my SR4FL.
    The LaBella plastic wound are one of my faves
    for basses that allow plastic. I've even tried
    the new "white" ones, which proved to be very
    different from the black ... it's NOT just color !
    Right now they're on an all-maple PJ. Almost
    too rockin' for my taste, but only "almost" !

    You ask about my VARIOUS FLs. Well "various"
    is a huge understatement. Acoarst I like EBMM
    cobalt flats, they're miraculous. Another magic
    string is the GHS "Brite Flats" which are not flat
    wound. They're compressed or ground down RW
    strings, and sound like RW with a bit less growl,
    meaning noticeably more growl than other flats.

    There's a whole different flat from Thomastik if
    you dig rich-but-mellow. It's kinda sorta like an
    orchestral string in bass guitar lengths. I love it.
    I've never played in loud aggressive bands. It's
    definitely NOT for those who do.

    Well ... I got more than 30 FL basses with very
    many string types, so I gotta leave it at that :-)
    Last edited by Golem; 04-27-2018 at 07:34 PM.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

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    Thanks again Golem. I have a set of TI Flats ready to go, I just can’t decide which one of my Fretless basses to put them on.
    '95 Fretless SR4 Black
    '07 Bongo 5HS Sapphire Black
    '01 Fretless SR5 Hp Vintage Sunburst

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    Quote Originally Posted by gafman View Post
    ..........
    I have a set of TI Flats ready to go, I just can’t
    decide which one of my Fretless basses to put
    them on.
    If you've got one thaz too hot, or too aggressive
    or somehow needs "taming" ... or if you got one
    thaz at the limit of its truss rod and you wanna
    reduce the string tension at std tuning ... those
    are clearly candidates for TIJFs.

    They are also good at reducing fret klank on a
    speed bump bass.
    S.U.B. SL4 - SR4p FL [x2] - SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL - SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL ceramic [x2] - Bongo4Hp FL

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaged in social networks.

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